UCLA Outscored By Georgia, 197.9-196.875.
Jan. 13, 2002
Athens, Ga. - In a meet highlighted by Jamie Dantzscher's first career perfect 10 on vault, the top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team lost in a dual meet against second-ranked Georgia in front of 9,951 at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday afternoon, 197.9-196.875.
Georgia started the meet on fire, hitting a 49.625 on vault despite having only five countable scores after an injury to Chelsa Byrd during her vault. Defending NCAA vault champion Cory Fritzinger scored her first perfect 10 of the season, and Kinsey Rowe and Marline Stephens each scored 9.975.
On bars, meanwhile, Dantzscher recorded a 9.975 for the second consecutive meet, and defending NCAA bars champion Yvonne Tousek added a 9.9 to help the Bruins achieve a team score of 49.325, three-tenths of a point behind Georgia after one rotation.
The Bruins gained a bit of ground in rotation two, scoring a 49.3 behind the strength of Dantzscher's 10 on vault. Onnie Willis added a 9.925, as UCLA pulled to within .175 of the Gym Dogs, who totaled 49.175 on bars. Dantzscher's 10.0 was the eighth of her career, tying the school record set by Mohini Bhardwaj last season.
Georgia extended its lead in rotation three, scoring a 49.5 on beam to UCLA's 48.85 on floor. Willis' 9.925 led the Bruins, Tousek added a 9.9, and freshman Michelle Conway hit a career-best 9.8, giving UCLA a three-event score of 147.475 to Georgia's 148.3.
In the final rotation, the Bruins recorded the sixth-highest beam score in school history, totaling a 49.4. Dantzscher (9.85) and Willis (9.925) set new career highs, and Tousek tied hers with a 9.95. Sophomore Alyssa Beckerman, who missed most of last season with a wrist injury, competed for the first time since February 11, 2001, and recorded a 9.85.
Willis placed third in the all-around with a 39.65. Tousek placed fifth with a 39.425. Dantzscher took first place on vault and bars, and Willis tied for first on floor.
'I'm happy with how we competed,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'Because of injuries, we had to put in athletes who were not planning to compete at all this week, and they came out and performed exceptionally well.'
UCLA (2-3) will next compete at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Jan. 18 against the Titans and Boise State.